Hello, everyone! My name is Gabrielle, and I am from the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. You might recognize the name of my town because we are home to the famous Punxsy Phil. (And, no, the movie wasn’t filmed in our town!) What most people don’t know, however, is that our high school was part of the “Classrooms for the Future,” or CFF, grant. Because of this, most of our classes incorporated technology into their curriculums. This is my first experience with an eReader, though.
At first, I thought I would really be opposed to the idea of electronic reading. I am the kind of person that likes the physicality of having books. My bookshelf at home is full, and our entire living room wall is a bookshelf. I definitely have grown up in an environment that is saturated in reading. I have a thing for going to book sales at libraries or yard sales and seeing what I can find. I have always been a pencil and paper kind of girl. But when I got my eReader, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to read – just like a book! I found the eReader growing on me; although, there are still several things that I miss about traditional reading. I would like to be able to stick tabs in my pages and bookmark certain passages. I prefer seeing how much I have read and how many pages remain. I like the concept that a book is one less thing I have to worry about charging! They are always ready to go. So far, I think those are the only things that really irk me.
As far as the book, Outliers, is concerned, I am intrigued by this book. Even if I don’t agree completely with what Gladwell is proposing, I think he offers a simulating theory that I had not thought about before. Yes, I have looked into the Nature v. Nurture argument, but this goes a little deeper than that. I think the use of hard data to determine success is, in a way, liberating. It makes some sense of our tumultuous lives. But, I think he also simplifies things to a point that they become almost too clear. There are so many facets of life itself that we cannot possibly begin to dissect one’s life and choose definite cause and effect. I also think that Gladwell’s interpretation of “success” is classic, at best. I keep thinking of a small child that keeps saying that he wants to be a doctor or a lawyer. I understand that this is necessary to prove many of his theories; however, I think there are so many other professions out there that require skills that get overlooked by society. For these reasons, I am slightly skeptical of Gladwell’s approach; however, I intend to keep an open mind throughout the rest of the novel.